Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Nicholas Provost's 'Stardust'

Whilst in London last year I visited an exhibition of the work of Nicholas Provost at the Haunch of Venison. The work there included his short film Stardust, a film consisting of candid footage of random inhabitants of Las Vegas, including unscripted, natural footage of celebrities such as Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson and Danny Trejo. The footage was then specifically cut together and dubbed over with a totally unrelated soundtrack and voiceover, to provide the footage with a crime-thriller story that was never originally there. It goes to show that the editing can make or break the final result of a film.
"This time Provost takes his hidden camera to Las Vegas in 'Stardust' and uses the glorious and ambiguous power of the gambling capital to turn everyday life into an exciting crime story. In order to do this he even filmed real Hollywood stars such as Jon Voight, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson."
Below is a short preview of Stardust (I can't find the full length version.)

The Haunch of Venison summary of the exhibition here.
Provost's site here.

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